Current Board of Directors

Directors are elected yearly by the Active Members at the Annual General Meeting of the Land Trust. New Directors are recruited through a comprehensive process based on the skills required for the Board. All Directors serve on a volunteer basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Director for the Land Trust, please contact us at:

Vernon & District Community Land Trust
c/o Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan
3105 33rd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9P7

Phone: (250) 540-8572

Jane Lister, Board Chair

Jane Lister is the Regional Dean at Okanagan College’s – Vernon Campus and previously spent twenty-one years in the role of General Manager at Community Futures – North Okanagan.  During this time, she has participated on the City of Vernon’s Affordable Housing Committee and has been actively involved in housing initiatives in the North Okanagan and throughout her career, Jane has developed strong partnerships in government, community organizations and businesses.  Currently she is involved with the City of Vernon’s Economic Development Committee, the Okanagan Rail Trail Society, North Okanagan Refugee Committee, and is a member of the Vernon Estate Planning Council. Jane has a B.A. and a M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Margaret Penner, Board Vice-Chair

Margaret Penner has worked in the Hospitality Industry in Vernon since moving here with her family in 1982.  She worked in management at Silver Star for 20 years and as Director of Sales & Marketing at Predator Ridge.  Margaret understands that affordable housing is a key factor in attracting and retaining quality staff.
She is passionate about the “Service Industry”, working as a trainer for several local companies as well as her own small businesses. She was one of the founding Sponsors of the “Go Award” – a program recognizing Above & Beyond Service for front line workers in Vernon.
Margaret believes everyone; including low – middle income employees and seniors deserve a safe healthy home, and is part of The Land Trust Board to work toward this commitment.

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart, Secretary -Treasurer

Ken spent twenty-one years with Bell Pole Company in various capacities ~ the last 10 years as President. Prior to the Land Trust Ken was involved with the City of Vernon’s Hesperia project  – a land-housing project in the Okanagan Landing area.  He continues to be active in the community in a variety of ways and enjoys living in Vernon.

Marty Gilbert

Marty has been a Vernon resident since 1995 and a licensed real estate agent since 2003. He has a background in finance and was previously employed as an investment advisor and an auditor. He owns multiple rental/development properties in BC and Saskatchewan giving him a deep knowledge of investment property. He lives on an acreage with his wife and three children (plus dogs and chickens). With deep roots in the community, he recognizes the challenge many Vernon residents have finding suitable rental homes. He was previously on the Board of Directors for Vernon’s Hesperia project in the Okanagan Landing area.

David Scarlatescu

David is the Owner/Operator of The Fig, a Café/Bistro in Vernon, BC. He moved to Vernon with his mother in 2006 and purchased The Fig in the summer of 2017. David has a passion for Real Estate and has taken the time to educate himself in various investment strategies including Lease Options/Rent To Own, Single Family, Multi-Family (6 units+), and Creative Financing for putting deals together. His favorite of these strategies is Multi-Family and apartment buildings. He also brings a new approach to marketing with his presence on social media. As a marketer and business man, he looks to provide as much value as possible in every situation. David represents the millennial generation and brings a younger energy to the Land Trust. He loves Vernon and wants to see it grow and expand. One of the best ways to do that, is to look after the people who already live here. He joined the Land Trust to be part of a positive change in the community he loves.

Gary Youde

Gary spent over 30 years with Urban Systems Ltd., an inter-disciplinary professional practice providing planning, engineering, environmental science, and urban design services to both public and private sector clients throughout Western Canada. During his time with the firm he was involved in a variety of roles but largely focused on community and development planning throughout British Columbia and Southern Alberta.Throughout his career, Gary was involved in assisting communities in identifying the location of future housing and the means whereby vacant land could be transformed into well planned, integrated communities. In his role as a community planner, Gary increasingly came to appreciate the need for affordable housing. Upon his retirement, he joined the Land Trust Board in an effort to apply his previous experience to working with fellow Directors, government and community partners in helping provide housing to low and moderate income individuals in the Vernon region.


Kari Gares